|Community association||Riviera Française|
|surface||62.39 km 2|
|Residents||3,831 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||61 inhabitants / km 2|
Sospel ( in Provencal "Sospèu" and in Italian "Sospello") is a commune with 3831 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in southeastern France in the Alpes-Maritimes department about 20 kilometers north of Menton , in the Provence-Alpes-Côte region d'Azur . The city is located at about 350 m above sea level on the edge of the Mercantour National Park on the French branch of the Tendabahn and is traversed by the Bévéra river.
|Sources: Cassini and INSEE|
See also: List of Monuments historiques in Sospel
Sospel has a medieval old town. An 11th-century bridge crosses the Bévéra River and has a tower that used to be a customs house. The bridge was badly damaged in 1944 and rebuilt after the war until 1953. The central square is Place Saint-Nicolas with the Saint-Michel cathedral . The church from the middle of the 17th century is a mix of French classical and Italian baroque styles and a Romanesque bell tower from a previous building.
Sospel is a stage on the French long-distance hiking trail GR 52A , the 'Sentier Panoramique du Mercantour', and on the GR 52 . This is where two Via Alpina paths meet: the 'red path' leads through Sospel, which crosses every single Alpine state in 161 stages from Trieste to Monaco , and the 'blue path' of the Via Alpina, which begins in the Valais Alps , ends .
- Le Patrimoine des Communes des Alpes-Maritimes . Flohic Editions, Volume 2, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-071-X , pp. 909-924.
- Sabine Bade, Wolfram Mikuteit, Grande Randonnée 52A. Le Sentier panoramique du Mercantour . Fernwege.de, Roxheim 2008, ISBN 978-3-937304-78-6 .
- Sabine Bade, Wolfram Mikuteit, On the Via Alpina through the Maritime Alps and Ligurian Alps , Fernwege.de, Roxheim, 2008, ISBN 978-3-937304-50-2